God, I will be seeing my family soon,
And it has been so long since I have been with them.
I am a different person now, and I am sure that they are too.
Yet, I still feel the same hurts that never went away,
The same wounds that never healed,
The same grudges that were never settled,
And the same anxiety of falling into old habits.
Fill me, Lord, with your peace, forgive my faults as I forgive theirs,
And help me love my family as I know you love them.
Bless our time together and strengthen the bonds between us
That we may grow in love.
The above prayer (modified) was written by Diana Macalintal originally appearing in Today's Parish Minister, December, 2007.